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Darnell J. Bradley

Faculty - Leadership Doctorate


Leadership Education


(414) 410-4907


BH Bonaventure Hall 2040


Box 103


Born and raised in Chicago, Illinois, Dr. Darnell (DJ) Bradley earned his B.A. in Political Science from Eastern Illinois University, M.A. in Public Administration/American Government from Eastern Illinois University; and his Ed.D. in Adult and Higher Education from Northern Illinois University. He has served as a university professor since 2002, focusing on leadership development, adult learners and developing senior level organizational leaders.

Dr. Bradley’s focus is on building communities through education and inquiry. Dr. Bradley expresses his passion for social justice via transforming the educational experience for marginalized populations and exploring new methods of learning via online learning tools. Dr. Bradley firmly believes that changing the way people learn can change the world. Dr. Bradley has been instrumental in helping organizations around the world adapt their training materials for online delivery and has written curriculum for hundreds of instructional professionals and organizations. Most recently, Dr. Bradley was invited to partner with the United Negro College Fund (UNCF) to be an instructional designer and facilitator for their new Faculty Fellows Program, where faculty members from Historically Black Colleges and Universities self-select to get training on different aspects of online teaching. Dr. Bradley has also established a partnership with the Institute of Coaching (IOC) at McLean, Harvard Medical School Affiliate, to construct their coaching professional development and continuing education courses for online delivery. In the summer of 2019, Dr. Bradley hosted weekly online teaching workshops adult basic education instructors in Panama City, Panama. Dr. Bradley has worked in various consulting capacities with numerous community organizations including the Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Milwaukee, the Greater Milwaukee Foundation, and the Milwaukee Public Schools.


  • B.A., Eastern Illinois University
  • M.A., Eastern Illinois University
  • Ed.D., Northern Illinois University


Online teaching and learning, Instructional design, Research design, Human Subjects research

Publications & Presentations

Bradley, D.J. (2019). Effective Online Learning for Adults: Ragan’s Principles Applied. Chapter in (Ed.) Jones, J.E., Baran, M.L., and Cosgrove, P.B. Outcome-Based Strategies for Adult Learning, 1st Edition. Hershey: IGI Global.

Bradley, D. J. (2017). Benefits of student involvement and leadership: The voices of the students. Chapter in (Ed.) Jackson, J.F. Advancing equity and diversity in student affairs: The applied scholarship of Melvin C. Terrell. Charlotte: Information Age Publishing Incorporated.

Bradley, D. J.  (2014). Coming out in color: Stories of Transgender people of color. New York, NY: Lambert Academic Publishing.

Jonas, P. M., & Bradley, D. J.  (2013). Videagogy. Chapter in (Ed.) Smyth, E., in Enhancing instruction with visual media: Utilizing video and lecture capture. Hershey: IGI Global.

Bradley, D. J.  (2013) Review of the new digital shoreline: How Millennials are revolutionizing higher education (2011). By Roger McHaney for the Journal of College Student Retention.

Jonas, P. M., & Bradley, D. J.  (2012). Videagogy. Chapter in (Ed.) Smyth, E., in Enhancing instruction with visual media: Utilizing video and lecture capture. Hershey: IGI Global. 

Why Stritch?

"There are few other places where you can serve as a faculty member and be so connected to the community. The ability to connect my work with the needs of the community and the region is something that I am grateful to have the privilege to do. "

- Darnell J. Bradley